No war has the honesty of confessing “I kill to steal”.
By Eduardo Galeano
Wars always invoke noble motives. They kill in the name of peace. In the name of God. In the name of civilisation. In the name of progress. In the name of democracy…
And just in case, if so many lies are not enough… the mass media are ready to invent imaginary enemies to justify the conversion of the world into a great madhouse and an immense slaughterhouse.
In King Lear, Shakespeare had written that “…in this world, the mad lead the blind…”. And… four centuries afterward, the masters of the world are madmen in love with death. They have turned the world into a place where every minute 10 children die of hunger or curable disease and every minute 3 million dollars are spent, 3 million dollars per minute on the military industry, which is a factory of death.
Weapons demand wars and wars demand weapons… and the 5 countries that run the United Nations, the ones that have the right of veto in the United Nations, also happen to be the 5 main producers of weapons.
One wonders: How long will the peace of the world be in the hands of those who make the business of war? How long will we continue to believe that we were born for mutual extermination and that mutual extermination is our destiny? How long? If the world, this world deserves to be another world… The march for peace, the march of October 2nd deserves millions and millions of feet.
Text of Eduardo Galeano’s endorsement of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence. It was made in the following video:
World Without Wars and Without Violence (MSGySV) was the humanist organisation that promoted the 1st WMW in 2009, the 2nd WMW in 2019 and is preparing the 3rd WMW for 2024.